People were welcoming the new decade with open arms until it surprised everyone with Covid-19. It led to the closure of educational institutes, businesses, and shopping malls while restricting traveling restrictions. It has been months since everyone is working, shopping, and taking classes from home. Alongside a lack of physical activity, the pandemic makes it challenging for people to cope with the situation.
Epidemiologists are making it clear that Covid-19 is not going anytime soon, which means people have to learn to live with it. After all, one can’t run empires, factories, countries, and businesses from homes. As a result, many countries are easing lockdown, opening trades, and lifting travel bans. Did you have any holiday plans for 2020? Surprisingly, you can continue with your trip by adhering to the rules of the new normal.
Do you know how the new normal will look like in travel? Firstly, it will be a lot more expensive as fare rates are high due to different sitting arrangements. Whether you are traveling for work or vacations– learn the ropes. Here we are unveiling five travel tips in the new normal.
Do Your Research
The new normal is all about taking precautions, planning, and doing homework. Start by analyzing your travel destination – number of cases, death rates, safety protocols, etc. You should only plan if the cases are going down the curve. Likewise, make all hotel reservations as some businesses are not operating in their full capacity. Pull off some research to ensure the places you want to visit are open.
Although the tourism industry went through ups and downs, it is back in the game. Similarly, if you are not planning to travel but have another purpose in mind, such as starting a travel business or looking for an employment option in this industry, it is possible. All thanks to the hospitality and tourism degrees online that made people familiar with new traveling norms. Hotel managers and staff ensure optimal hygiene to make your stay peaceful. A little homework beforehand will help you understand how things work in the new normal.
Are you a tech-savvy person? If not, at least familiarize yourself with how online payments work as germs and bacteria can transmit from any surface. Thus, whenever possible, make payments online or through your debit/credit card. Similarly, if you are purchasing tickets for public transport, a concert, or an amusement park, buy online. You can print them yourself, closing doors for virus transmission. Besides, if you exchange cash at some point, disinfect it with an alcohol swab or a spray and let the notes dry correctly.
Learn the Rules
Whether it is traveling from one town to another or across the border – it is always exciting and fun. Unfortunately, traveling has become a little troublesome in the new normal. You have to follow multiple safety protocols and disinfect everything. If you are clueless about it, let us help you learn the new traveling rules.
- Carry a Hand Sanitizer: As you get your boarding pass or pick up bags after checking, sanitize your hands. Germs can transfer from any surface at any time, having a pocket sanitizer makes sure you are bacteria-free.
- Wear Facemask: Covid-19 spreads from mouth and nose, meaning you have to cover your face in public places. Grab disposable facemasks and wear them throughout your trip to close doors for any threats.
- Disinfectant Spray: When you get on board, disinfect your plane seat as it is a public space. Spray the armrest, seatbelt buckle, and tray table to get rid of the germs. It might seem extra, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
As per health experts, people have to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from every person. Whether you are standing in an airport queue or climbing up the elevators, practice social distancing. Likewise, try to book a window seat in the plane to ensure few people are nearby. If you see clusters of crowds in the luggage area or airport exit, patiently wait until the rush is over. Moreover, opt for outdoor activities rather than going to cinemas. You can go skydiving, rock climbing, boating, snorkeling, or have a hot air balloon ride. Alongside being exciting and fun, it doesn’t compromise on safety protocols.
Skip Public Transport
People are usually relying on subways, buses, and taxis when going on vacation. However, public transport is not safe in the new normal. It is a shared mode of transportation, increasing the risk of virus transmission. You might be following all the protocols, but negligence from other passengers can increase the chances. Therefore, consider renting a car and disinfect it properly once. If you can’t avoid public transport, implement strict safety measures. Alongside sanitizing your hands, disinfect your seat and nearby surfaces to eliminate all bacteria. Most importantly, avoid rush hours to practice social distancing.
After months of lockdown, the tourism industry is back in action. Everyone is planning for a vacation to enjoy and continue exploring the world. Unfortunately, traveling won’t be the same in the new normal, and it is necessary to eliminate the risk of contracting the virus. Thus, you have to cover your face, maintain a distance, and sanitize your hands 24/7. All these travel rules might seem daunting, but they will help ensure safety while feeding our wanderlust.